For the Public

Judicial Candidate Ratings Available From the Illinois State Bar Association

CONTACT:
Dave Anderson
Illinois State Bar Association
1-800-252-8908

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2010

Springfield, IL – Ratings of all candidates for judicial office in Illinois in the November 2 election are available on the web site of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) – www.isba.org/judicialevaluations.
 
“The Illinois Constitution gives voters an important responsibility in deciding who should serve in the office of judge,” said Mark D. Hassakis of Mt. Vernon, president of the ISBA. “Judges make decisions affecting the rights and responsibilities of all citizens, and it’s crucial that qualified individuals serve in these positions.”
 
Candidates for election to judicial vacancies and sitting judges seeking retention in office were rated by two methods. All candidates in Cook County and candidates for the Supreme and Appellate courts statewide were reviewed in a comprehensive evaluation process. All judicial candidates outside of Cook County were rated in a poll of lawyers conducted by ISBA.
 
The comprehensive evaluation process involves a detailed background investigation by members of the ISBA Judicial Evaluations Committee, followed by an in-person interview of the candidate. The Committee then decides whether to recommend the candidate for the judicial office being sought.
 
“Our members volunteer countless hours away from their busy law practices to complete these evaluations, which represent the opinion of the Illinois State Bar Association,” said Hassakis. “Other lawyers are given the opportunity in the judicial advisory poll to express their own opinions. I urge voters to consider these ratings in choosing how to vote in judicial elections.”
 
The Illinois State Bar Association provides professional services to lawyers, and education and services to the public.

# # #